Discriminating Childhood Apraxia of Speech From Speech Delay
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Since the first description of a childhood speech disorder
similar in presentation to adult onset apraxia of speech, much research has
gone into identifying characteristics to help make diagnosis more accurate and
reduce the known over-identification of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).
However, to date, there has been no conclusive diagnostic marker identified to
differentiate CAS from other speech delays.
The goal of the articles in this
self-study is “to develop and validate a diagnostic marker that discriminates
early and persistent CAS from speech delay.” The articles introduce the pause
marker (PM) and discuss support for the PM as well as possible clinical and
research uses with the development of an assessment tool, the Pause Marker
Index (PMI). While the PMI is not yet ready for clinical application, the
articles provide clinicians with information about the PM that they can begin
to incorporate into assessment and treatment to better serve their clients.
You will be able to:
- discuss the value of and need for
a diagnostic marker for CAS
- describe the types of pause
- discuss the process used to
identify and validate the pause marker
- explain the uses and benefits of
the Pause Marker Index
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